School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
University of Pennsylvania
“Man is the measure of all things: of things which are, that they are, and of things which are not, that they are not” —Protagoras
“Once you free your mind about a concept of harmony and music being correct, you can do whatever you want. So, nobody told me what to do, and there was no preconception of what to do.” —Giorgio Moroder
”…these [analyses] led to the discovery that knowledge has anatomo-physiological conditions, that it is formed gradually within the structures of the body…” —Michel Foucault
I am a postdoctoral scholar at SEAS, Univ. of Pennsylvania, working with Prof. Daniel D. Lee. I did my PhD in Autonomous Agents under the supervision of Zoubin Ghahramani at the University of Cambridge and my BSc/Diploma in Computer Engineering at the University of Chile. My background is mainly in Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science.
My main area of research is in the foundations of Machine Learning and Cybernetics, and I study the links between: information theory, learning, control, economics, causality, statistical mechanics, ergodic theory, complexity theory. Other areas of interest are computational neuroscience, psychology, linguistics, epistemology and philosophy of the mind. Also, I'm a huge fan of elegant, minimalistic algorithms that are practically simple, computationally efficient, and formally sound.
I have recently focused my efforts on information-theoretic and statistical mechanical approaches to adaptive control, leading to contributions in bounded rationality models and recasting adaptive control as a causal inference problem. I have also worked on causal induction, and on game- and decision-theoretic models in computational neuroscience.
To get sense of my interests and style, please refer to:
You are kindly invited to attend the NIPS 2013 Workshop on Planning with Information Constraints to be held at Lake Tahoe, Monday, December 9, 2013. Please visit the workshop's website for more information.
Pedro A. Ortega
Department of Engineering
Off. 209, Moore Building
200 S. 33rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Email: ope [AT] seas.upenn.edu